Author Q and A: Ann Harrison
Author Q and A: Anne Harrison
Let’s get to know Christian fiction author Ann Harrison a little more. Here is just a little peek into the person behind the books. Once you have read this entire question and answer session with the author, hopefully you will understand who she is better. She wears the title of author, but there is a lot more to her than that. Enjoy!!!
Q: What inspires you to write?
A: I get inspired to write in a variety of ways. Sometimes I get inspired from what I read, and sometimes I am inspired by music, and at other times, things that happen in everyday life can inspire me. I have been inspired by dreams recently as well.
Q: Where is your favorite place to write?
A: I currently write at my kitchen table, but there are times that I like to take my phone out on the patio or out by the pool and jot down ideas that come to mine.
Q: What is your favorite season of the year and why?
A: I love fall, because the temperature is cool, but not too cold, and it’s the best time to spend some time outside to find inspiration
Q: How many books have you published to date? “Compilations and anthologies included.”
A: Including anthologies, I have had work published in five books, with a possibility for a sixth one coming up in the near future.
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: My favorite Holiday is Christmas. I love the music, gathering around the tree with my family, and the oohs and ahs of surprise when everyone opens their gifts. I also love the fact that we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Q: Name three people who inspire you and explain why.
A: One person that inspires me is Karen Kingsbury. Her novels inspired a character that I created for A Journey of Faith. My friend Tish Williams also inspires me because she encourages me when I am suffering from Writers block. Last, but not least my daughter inspires me. Sometimes she says things that sparks creativity.
Q: How many books can you honestly say you’ve read in a single year?
A: I can honestly say that I have read at least twenty books in a year, although that may be even more. I have read too many to count.
Q: Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing career?
A: My husband, my daughter, and my closest friends, some of who are writers themselves have been my closet supporters in my writing career.
Q: What kind of child were you growing up?
A: I was a curious child growing up. Sometimes I would go outside to play with my cousins and my brothers, but there were days that I would sit inside and read for hours at a time. I discovered the joy of talking books and they kept me occupied.
Q: If you had $1,000,000 to donate to a worthy cause, which would it be and why?
A: I couldn’t give it all to one charity. I would have to dole out some of it to hurricane victims, and send some of the money to guide dog schools.
Q: What can bring tears to your eyes?
A: Sometimes a certain song can bring tears to my eyes. When my daughter is sick or hurt, and when a child has been mistreated also can bring tears to my eyes. There has also been books that I have read that brought me to tears.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: I love pizza, and there are so many other foods that I like that I won’t list them all here.
Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?
A: I sometimes open up a notepad document and brain storm, and I sometimes just sit in silence and let the thoughts come to me slowly.
Q: Out of the books you have published, which is your favorite and why?
A: A Journey of Faith is my favorite, because I really got to know Becca as she was traveling down her chosen path.
Q: Are there any other published authors in your family? “Self-published or traditionally published.”
A: No, I’m the only published author in my family. Though, my uncle’s previous wife, who lives in Florida, told me she was working on several books, but I haven’t seen one published yet.
Q: If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?
A: The first wish I would make is a home for my husband and me to call my own, with bedrooms for my daughter and Michawl’s nephew. I would have a pool and a screened in porch. My second wish is to have the means to travel to different places for inspiration. I also wish for an easier way to write on the go. I have my phone, but it’s a slow going process when I don’t have my keyboard with me. Sighted people can simply pick up a notebook and pen, but it’s harder for a blind person to do the same.
Q: What makes you uniquely you?
A: I am creative, I like working with people, but yet I can be a quiet person too. I read more than I play games, yet I love to have a little fun too.
Q: Where do you get most of your story ideas?
A: I get most of my story ideas in a variety of places. For example, a piece of instrumental music can spark an idea, a book I’m reading, or a bit of everyday life. However, sometimes I can either get inspired by a dream I’ve had, or I can be reading, and an image of a scene will start forming in my mind. When that happens, I have to go with it, or get some pointers from other people to ignite the spark. Once I get the creative fire going, I can write for hours.
Q: Do you prefer writing your first drafts on paper or the computer? Why?
A: I prefer writing my first drafts on the computer. Instead of having to rewrite the entire book, I can simply revise the draft and edit my work, to tighten it up the best I can before asking someone else to edit it for me.
Q: What advice would you give someone who aspires to be an author?
A: My advice to aspiring authors is to read, read, and read. What I mean by this is read books in the genre in which you plan to write, and read other genres too, because story ideas can come from anywhere. Also, keep your eyes and ears open, because you never know what inspiration you can get from a conversation, or a simple life event. Also, when you are unsure about an aspect of your writing, like one of the characteristics of your protagonist or the setting for your story. Do your research, to make your story believable and to make sure your facts are accurate and consistent.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ann in a deeper sense than just her title of author. You never know what you will find out about a person unless you ask questions. Hopefully, some of your curiosity about the person behind the inspirational stories have been quenched.
Check out these books by author Ann Harrison:
A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery is available in paperback at
It is also available in hard cover and eBook on amazon and other book retailers.
Stories outside the Box is only available in eBook formats through Smashwords at
It is also available in Kindle format through Amazon.
To learn more about Ann’s published work and to read her blog, visit her website at:
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